By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2018 11 Comments
    Why Is Your Friday Newsletter Coming on Monday?

    It is Monday morning, and you may be wondering why you have a newsletter from The People's Pharmacy in your inbox. In fact, you may have missed the newsletter on Friday and wondered why you didn't get…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2018 4 Comments
    Show 1138: What Are the Health Benefits of Yoga?

    Yoga has become extremely popular over the last few decades. You have probably seen photographs of fit-looking young people in stretchy clothing and improbable poses and wondered why they are so enthu…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2018 4 Comments
    Will Fish Oil Supplements Ease Your Anxiety?

    Fish oil has gotten a lot of bad press lately. After a decade or two of enthusiasm for its benefits in preventing heart disease, arthritis and dry eyes, scientists concluded that there is little or no…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2018 13 Comments
    Should You Take Vitamin D Supplements for Strong…

    Vitamin D is essential for strong bones. When young children don’t get enough vitamin D, they can develop a bone deformity called rickets. This nutrient acts as a hormone in the body. It is vital fo…

    By: Joe Graedon October 14, 2018 9 Comments
    Is There Science to Support Alternative Treatmen…

    Psoriasis sucks. It is a condition that causes red, dry, scaly, itchy skin patches. There is no cure. The causes are mysterious. Scientists believe that an overactive immune system is the culprit. For…

    By: Terry Graedon October 11, 2018 0 Comments
    How to Take Care of Kids with Colds

    Ask a pediatrician how to treat kids with colds, and you'll probably learn that there are few, if any, medicines that speed recovery or even ease symptoms. During cold season, parents often search for…

    By: Terry Graedon October 8, 2018 4 Comments
    Could a Supplement Help You Lose Belly Fat?

    Belly fat (aka abdominal adiposity) is not just a matter of looking unattractive. A disproportionately large waistline can indicate excess visceral fat that increases the risk of  type 2 diabetes, he…

    By: Terry Graedon October 8, 2018 30 Comments
    How Can You Avoid the Flu This Season?

    It’s that time again. The signs are up in pharmacies to get your flu shot. TV anchors are telling their viewers that last year’s influenza season was bad, really bad! Is there any way you can avoi…

    By: Joe Graedon October 8, 2018 29 Comments
    How Can You Lower Blood Pressure Naturally?

    Everyone loves pills. Doctors love to prescribe medicine. Patients love to swallow drugs. We are a pill-taking society. But all medications come with pros and cons. That is true of blood pressure drug…

    By: Terry Graedon October 8, 2018 12 Comments
    Will You Get Osteoporosis If You Take Omeprazole…

    Do you take omeprazole (Prilosec) or another proton pump inhibitor such as esomeprazole (Nexium) or lansoprazole (Prevacid)? Such PPI drugs were once thought to be relatively free of side effects, but…

    By: Joe Graedon October 8, 2018 12 Comments
    Should You Worry About Mail-Order Prescriptions?

    Many people are encouraged by their insurance company or their pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) to buy their medicines through the mail. They are told they will save money. Mail-order prescriptions are …

    By: Terry Graedon October 8, 2018 5 Comments
    Can You Get Rid of Warts with Super Glue?

    Warts are bumps on the skin caused by a virus, the human papillomavirus (HPV). Even though you can't actually get rid of the virus, you can get rid of warts. A wide range of home remedies and over-the…

    By: Joe Graedon October 8, 2018 7 Comments
    Levaquin (Levofloxacin) and Life-Threatening Abd…

    Millions of people take FQ (fluoroquinolone) antibiotics every year. Number one is ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and number two is levofloxacin (Levaquin). You can tell if you have received this class of anti…

    By: Terry Graedon October 4, 2018 13 Comments
    Show 1137: What Should You Know About Women̵…

    Viagra became a household name almost as soon as the drug was introduced. Before that, though, few men were willing to talk about erectile dysfunction. When it comes to women’s sexual health, we see…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2018 30 Comments
    Should You Be Scared of the Upcoming Flu Season?

    The CDC is doing its best to scare you. The public health experts want you to rush out and get a flu shot. The headlines have been designed to motivate: For example, The Chicago Tribune reported “Fl…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2018 55 Comments
    What Can You Do To Prevent Recurrent Urinary Tra…

    Have you ever had a urinary tract infection (UTI)? The symptoms are unpleasant, to put it mildly. First, you may feel a tremendous urge to pee. And when you do urinate, the burning sensation can be un…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2018 38 Comments
    Orthopedic Surgeons Get Bad News About Repairing…

    My uncle was a dairy farmer. He had a saying that went like this: farmers like to plow and surgeons like to cut. When you are used to doing something (and getting paid for it) the tendency is to keep …

    By: Terry Graedon October 4, 2018 41 Comments
    Will Artificial Sweeteners Harm Your Microbiota?

    Artificial sweeteners are extremely popular, since they appear to allow us to break the rules and enjoy sweet drinks or treats without gaining weight. The FDA has approved a number of artificial sweet…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2018 12 Comments
    An Old Drug (Zoledronate) Offers New Hope Agains…

    Weakened bones are a very big deal. If an older person falls and breaks a hip the outcome can be grim. There is pain. There is also lack of mobility. That can lead to blood clots that migrate from leg…

    By: Terry Graedon October 1, 2018 43 Comments
    Will Benadryl Trigger Restless Legs Syndrome?

    People who experience restless legs syndrome (RLS) will go to great lengths to avoid it if they can. They describe RLS as a creepy-crawly feeling that is relieved only by moving the legs. It can be qu…

    By: Joe Graedon October 1, 2018 15 Comments
    Can You Stop Aspirin Suddenly Without Risking a …

    A major controversy in medicine has to do with the value of aspirin. This inexpensive drug has been available for more than 100 years. It remains a gold-standard pain reliever and fever reducer. No ot…

    By: Terry Graedon October 1, 2018 15 Comments
    Can You Get Celecoxib as Good as Celebrex?

    People who rely on pain relievers generally know whether their medication is working or not. We have heard many complaints from readers that their generic celecoxib does not work as well as brand name…

    By: Terry Graedon October 1, 2018 16 Comments
    Why Cold Water Is Great First Aid for a Burn

    If you burn yourself in the kitchen, what's the first thing you do? It is helpful to know first aid for a burn consists, first, of cold water. Here's one reader's experience with this essential remedy…

    By: Terry Graedon October 1, 2018 7 Comments
    Is Melatonin Safe for Night Shift Nurse?

    People who do shift work put their bodies through a lot of stress. Most of us adapt to getting up in the morning and going to bed at night. If we are reasonably regular about the times, our body clock…

    By: Terry Graedon October 1, 2018 14 Comments
    Will Grape Juice and Pectin Ease Your Joint Pain…

    Arthritis pain presents a big dilemma. The pain itself can interfere greatly with your quality of life. On the other hand, because people suffer from joint pain frequently, if not every day, they may …

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2018 5 Comments
    Help Your Friends Subscribe to our Newsletter

    You probably found this post in your email inbox because you subscribe to our newsletter. Along with this post are several others, keeping you up to date on the health news stories for this week. We a…

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2018 18 Comments
    Show 1136: Do You Really Need That Pill?

    Americans take a lot of medications. We appear to have adopted the advertising-based attitude that there is a pill for every ill. But while some medicines may be helpful or even essential in some circ…

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2018 28 Comments
    Be Careful with Flea and Tick Medicines

    Fall is here, or nearly so. That means the worst flea season is right around the corner. Fleas love the more moderate temperatures and humidity as we head out of summer and into fall. As pets start to…

    By: Joe Graedon September 27, 2018 17 Comments
    Undermining the Rationalization for the High Cos…

    Drug companies frequently justify the high cost of medications by citing the extraordinary expenses associated with research and development. The pharmaceutical industry often states that it costs som…

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2018 3 Comments
    How Much Exercise Do You Need to Boost Your Brai…

    If you want to boost your brain function, you might want to head to the gym for a bit. A study of three dozen healthy adults showed that even ten minutes of moderate physical activity can have measura…

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2018 11 Comments
    Will Antibiotics Replace Surgery for Appendiciti…

    Do you always need to have surgery for appendicitis? For more than a century, the standard treatment for appendicitis has been surgery to remove the organ. This was usually treated as an emergency bec…

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2018 13 Comments
    What’s Your Personal Invisible Cloud Made …

    Many people have heard of the microbiota in our digestive tracts. This collection of bacteria, viruses and fungi live together inside us and impact our health. It is sometimes referred to as the "micr…

    By: Terry Graedon September 24, 2018 3 Comments
    Lip Care Discount About to Disappear

    Summer has just turned into fall on the calendar. In much of the country, the weather even agrees. So don't get left out in the cold this fall and winter with dry cracked lips. Stock up on our wonderf…

    By: Terry Graedon September 24, 2018 5 Comments
    How Can You Keep Plantar Warts from Recurring?

    Plantar warts occur on the soles of the feet. At first, you might not notice a plantar wart. Most of us don't inspect our soles regularly unless they hurt. Plantar warts often become painful to walk o…

    By: Joe Graedon September 24, 2018 17 Comments
    What is a Fair Price for ED Drugs for Sex?

    Erectile dysfunction is not considered a serious health problem by most insurance companies. That’s because few, if any, are willing to pay for ED drugs like sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis) …

    By: Terry Graedon September 24, 2018 14 Comments
    Acupressure Wrist Bands Help You Get to Sleep

    If you sleep well, you may not realize how lucky you are. Those who have difficulty sleeping are faced with a tough dilemma. Sleep deprivation is bad for your health, as many studies have shown. On th…

    By: Terry Graedon September 24, 2018 14 Comments
    Will Statins Help or Harm 76-Year-Old Father?

    Statins to lower cholesterol are a pillar of cardiological treatment. People with high cholesterol take medications like atorvastatin or simvastatin to reduce blood lipids and prevent heart attacks. T…

    By: Joe Graedon September 24, 2018 16 Comments
    Drug Price Gouging Is Immoral

    Are you angry about the ever-escalating cost of medicine? Here are some examples you may not be aware of. Humira (adalimumab) is highly advertised on TV. It is used to treat Crohn’s disease, ulcerat…

    By: Terry Graedon September 24, 2018 22 Comments
    Are Cucumbers a Cure for Chronic Constipation?

    Constipation is a common problem–so common, in fact, that a definition is needed. Otherwise, people may mean completely different things when they use the word "constipation." The usual definition i…

    By: Terry Graedon September 23, 2018 17 Comments
    Aspirin at the First Hint of Aura Stops Migraine…

    Migraines are debilitating headaches, usually affecting one side of the head with throbbing or pulsating pain. Some people get a warning in the form of a "prodrome" of symptoms that may occur a few da…